Saturday, October 22, 2016

Red Hatters Attend Flickinger Guild Turquoise and Silver Tea

October 16, 2016 at 2:00 PM

A group of Red Hatters, members of the New Mexico Roadrunner Chapter, attended the Flickinger Guild Turquoise and Silver Tea which had a theme this year of "Denim and Diamonds". This is always such a FUN and entertaining event looked forward to every year.

A number of area businesses provided clothing, hats, jewelry, shoes and boots, etc. to models for the style show. It is truly amazing what all is available right here in our own backyard. SKY and Ed Dittmer provided background music as people came in and got seated. Welcome and introductions were provided by Sarina Turnbull-Paul and James White.

Entertainment was abundant beginning with belly dancing by Anala Nahada and Claudia Powell. Singer and instrumentalist Rudy Wood was next with a good round of western music. The Academy of Ballet & Las Cruces School of Dance featured Casen Collins, Mariah Hernandez and Daniel Lindsay in a short, but lovely ballet. Marley Ham sang a solo. There was also a duet from "Spamalot" featuring Lee Austin and Jenny McNiven.

Refreshments of hot tea, tea sandwiches, fruit and tea cakes were prepared by Mountain View Catering, GCRMC and served by AHS Jr. ROTC cadets. They did such an excellent job and there was plenty to eat and drink for all.

Fashions with Susie Hall featured fashions and accessories from Bealls, Dollar Boots & Jeans, GCRMC Auxiliary Gift Shop, Instant Karma, JC Penny's, Sam's Silver Lining, Rue 21 and Seasons at The Lodge.

While all of this was happening, there was also a huge silent auction set up with everything one could imagine to bid on. In the meantime, Sarina and James kept the airwaves busy with calling door prize numbers of which several Red Hatters were winners of prizes.

L to R: Margie, Darla and Gail
Carmen and Flo
Dorothy E.
A couple of the models doing their thing
L to R: Trudy, Donna and guest, Bobbie
L to R: Margee, Darla and Gail concentrating on their door prize tickets
Model, posing while Susie Hall describes her ensemble
Susie gets a little help from Tony Calderon from JC Penny's
More models. That's Victoria on the right in a hurry
Monica Helm modeling a lovely ensemble
Susie and Tony conversing about the clothing from JC Penny's
Jenny McNiven and Lee Austin singing a duet from "Spamalot"
Another shot of Lee and Jenny
New member, Bobbie Tanner with Queen Ladybird aka Carla Kerr
As always, it was truly an elegant affair and we are very pleased to welcome a new Red Hatter to the New Mexico Roadrunner Chapter, Bobbie Tanner.

Thanks to Gail Swineford for shooting the last picture.

This is all I have to say for now.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Relatives Visit from San Diego, California

October 2, 2016

Our granddaughter, Tiffany Peterson, and her mother, Kelley Cromwell came by for breakfast and a driving break with our precious great grandchildren, Dakoda (almost 4) and Brooke (3 years old).

We had a lovely visit while they ate pumpkin pancakes, bacon and scrambled eggs. I had some items left over from my International Red Hat Convention in San Antonio, Texas last month which I had saved to give to the children. They each got a stick horse, red cowboy hats and other items I had put together for them to play dress-up.

L to R: Dakoda, Tiffany, Grammy Carla, Brooke and Mimi Kelley enjoying breakfast
Brooke, Kelley and Tiffany
I appear to be spinning some kind of yarn to Kelley and Tiffany
Apparently, Dakoda likes his new hat
Brooke continues to eat. She can put it away!
Dakoda with his new stick horse named "Lady Glitter"
Looks like Brooke has finally eaten all she possibly can!
Dakoda is a'ridin'
Brooke wonders why her horse doesn't whinny like Dakoda's does when she pinches her ear
They are enjoying this ride
Kelley watching the kids ride
Brooke, waving to the camera
L to R: Tiffany, Brooke, Carla, Dakoda and Kelley. Four generations represented here!
It was a delightful visit and we hated to see them continue on their journey to Springtown, Texas, but Pops was waiting there for their arrival. Maybe we will be lucky enough to see them again when they do the return drive to San Diego.

Thanks to Douglas A. Kerr, Photography for taking all the pictures and, as usual, we forgot to take one of him (also known as Papa Doug).

This is all I have to say for now.

Monday, October 3, 2016

Red Hatters Shop and Dine in Cloudcroft, New Mexico

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Members of the New Mexico Roadrunner Chapter in Alamogordo, New Mexico drove up the mountain to Cloudcroft to engage in our Red Hat Society official sport of shopping. We then went to The Lodge for lunch and to celebrate member Darla Shelley's birthday.

The next stop was at the lovely home of Alice and Evans in High Rolls for drinks and dessert to celebrate their one-year wedding anniversary. Many friends and neighbors were in attendance when we arrived. We had a grand time getting acquainted with everyone and enjoying the delicious array of desserts prepared by Alice and her neighbors.

While shopping in Cloudcroft, I purchased a new winter hat for my husband, Doug, and he was quite pleased with it, but it was too large. We went back to Cloudcroft the next day to exchange the hat and went to Big Daddy's Diner for their yummy posole and catfish. So, this turned out to be a Cloudcroft weekend for me.

L to R: Flo, Trudy and VQ Donna
Flo and Trudy
Magaret and Alice
Trudy and VQ Donna
Alice and Q/A Carla
Our birthday girl, Darla
Nita, Gail and Trudy at the anniversary party
Evans, our host, and a friend
Linda and Trudy
Birthday girl, Darla, with her new Red Hat

Another shot of Darla
The lovebirds, Alice and Evans
I forgot my camera this day so I took the shots at lunch with my cellphone. Alice took most of the shots at their home and someone else took the last shot of Alice and Evans. Anyway, we managed to get it covered.

It was FUN for everyone and so nice to see the happy couple doing so well. They were featured in my play The Colors of Living Life and are such great hosts and FUN people.

This is all I have to say for now.

#SharetheFUNofRHS Red Hatters Host a Table at Senior Center Health Fair

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Queen/Ambassador Carla Kerr and Vice Queen Donna Williams of the New Mexico Roadrunner Chapter of the International Red Hat Society hosted a table at the Senior Center Health Fair in Alamogordo, New Mexico.

We had scads of FUN and told many people about our group, handing out brochures to over 70 attendees that gave them information on how to become a Red Hatter. Our organization is the best place for women over 50 to make new friends and to become more involved in living their lives having FUN and having interesting experiences visiting places and events they would normally not attend alone.

We did not sign anyone up but had some genuine interest shown in our group so now we wait for the phone to ring.

VQ Donna Williams and Queen/Ambassador Carla Kerr at our table (Photo taken by a gentleman attendee)
He asked if he could try on the red hat and I took his picture with his friend, Joe
VQ Donna waiting for someone to talk to about Red Hatting
This was our banner on the front of the table
VQ Donna reaching for a hat to offer to a lady to try on
She really liked this hat, but said she doesn't look good in hats! Not true!
We were there for four hours and had so much FUN talking with everyone. We are set to do it again next year for sure. Thanks to Donna for helping out. She is such a great example of Red Hatting and she never met a stranger.

This is all I have to say for now.

Friday, September 30, 2016

C. C. Crittenden Travels to Cherokee Nation to do Research for a Book

September 14-19, 2016

This trip was a long time coming, but it has been on the back burner for a couple of years. I have been writing a historical fiction trilogy with my Cherokee ancestors being the main characters in these books. The first two books are loosely about my Great Great Grandfather Aaron Crittenden and my Great Great Grandmother, Linnie Ketcher Crittenden. The third book is about my Great Grandfather John Crittenden, the offspring of Aaron and Linnie. I definitely needed more information about John, as he was quite a character, but there seems to be very few tangible records about him.

During this trip I was able to meet with a young man, Mark Dreadfulwater, Multimedia Editor at the Cherokee Phoenix Newspaper. He gave me information to contact someone who is digitizing the newspaper archives where I might find out more about John Crittenden. I planned to call him on my return home, but life got in the way.

My hosts for this trip were my cousin Judy and her husband, Ernie Brazeal who live in Collinsville, Oklahoma. They were so kind to pick me up at the airport in Tulsa and drive me everywhere I needed to go for my research. There were a number of nieces and nephews I had never met so we had a mini family reunion as well.

Judy and I had fun visiting cemeteries and chasing down grave sites with the help of cemetery workers and the lovely ladies at Collinsville City Hall. However, all was not coming up roses. The second day I was there, Judy told me that my brother has throat cancer and had been undergoing chemo and radiation. At first it didn't seem that I would get to see him because of his immune deficiency, but he decided to put a mask on and we went to his home for a visit. He was in good spirits and has a positive attitude and we are all keeping him in our prayers.

Judy and Ernie's Himalayan cat, Topper
This is their shy 15 year-old one named Summer
Carla with younger brother, Dennis Crittenden
Our cousin, Judy with Dennis
Judy's fish pond in their backyard stocked with goldfish and Koi
This cabin harbors Ernie's workshop and Judy's sewing room and they built it
Topper, deep in thought

A couple of these mushrooms popped up in the yard after a rain. They are quite lacy on top and the stems are extremely twisted. I did research to determine the name, but so far no luck.
This is a moon flower plant in Judy's yard and it only blooms at night. Hummingbirds love them.
Couldn't resist this lovely yellow flower in their side yard
This is their well and they water the yard, plants and fill the fish pond from this well
This is their outdoor cat and she is very friendly and sweet
This is our maternal great grandmother, one of the few from the 1800's to have a stone
This squirrel decided to pose for me
Neighbors across the street from Judy and Ernie have rocked in the creek to keep the soil from eroding
Judy and Ernie's lovely home dead ends into the creek
My handsome Cherokee nephew, Clint Crittenden
Carla, Clint and his wife, Rachel
Logan, son of Clint and Rachel
Judy's kitchen with L to R: My brother, Danny Crittenden, Abigail and Addison (Clint's daughters), Wanda (Danny's wife) standing at the door, Jerry Hawkins and Judy who are brother and sister
L to R: Addison, Wanda, Clint, Abigail, Rachel, Danny, Logan, Judy and Ernie
L to R: Addison, Wanda, Clint, Abigail, Rachel, Danny, Logan, Carla and Judy
L to R: Logan, Rachel, Clint, Danny, Abigail, Addison and Wanda
Clint just had to have one cigarette before getting into the car to drive home
It had rained and this was the scene out the backdoor of Judy's home
Another shot of this full moon
This was taken at the Old Indian Cemetery and I thought it was an interesting shape.
This was such a wonderful trip and it was so much fun getting acquainted and reacquainted with all my relatives. As soon as I get my blog caught up, I plan to dedicate my attention to that third book of the trilogy and get it finished.

This is all I have to say for now.